General Elections 2019: Latest Updates!

The Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule was announced by the Election Commission on 10 March 2019. The elections will be held in seven phases across the country starting from April 11 and the final result will be out of May 23.

As of 2019, 900 million people are registered as voters and there will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in this Lok Sabha Elections as compared to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014. The electronic voting machines this time will also have photographs of candidates next to the symbol of the party.

The Election Commission on 14 March 2019 held a meeting of central observers in New Delhi, as a part of its preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The meeting was held to brief them about their roles and responsibilities during election duty. This is the first such meeting since election dates were declared earlier this month.

The Special Observers appointed by the Election Commission have reached Srinagar on a two-day visit for fresh assessment of the ground situation for holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The team comprising Vinod Zutshi, Dr. Noor Mohammad and AS Gill will interact with the representatives of political parties, district election officers, security and administrative officials and other stakeholders.

The Income Tax department has deployed over 400 of its officers across Gujarat to keep a close watch on election expenditure and check the flow of black money during the Lok Sabha elections. The Election Commission of India on 12 March 2019 told the Supreme Court that exclusion of names of persons from draft NRC in Assam will not affect their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls provided their names feature in the electoral rolls.

The Election Commission has debarred 102 leaders of Bihar from contesting Lok Sabha and Assembly elections for non- submission of election expenditure. Most of them are Independents and candidates from registered parties of the state. The Bihar Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinivasa said that submission of election expenditure is mandatory for all candidates.

The Election Commission of India has directed that all voters will have to produce voter identity card or one of the eleven specified photo identity documents, for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes.

Over seven lakh voters would be casting their vote for the first time in Assam in the upcoming General Elections, which will be held in three phases in the state. According to Chief Electoral Officer Mukesh Sahu, out of the total 2, 17,60,604 voters in the state, 7,06,489 are in the 18-19 years category, making them first-time voters.

The Election Commission of India has formed a three-member committee to assess the situation on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir before it takes a decision about holding the assembly elections in the troubled state. The Election Commission has asked political parties to advise their candidates and leaders to not display photographs of defense personnel in advertisements as a part of their election campaign. The poll panel has written to the Presidents of all parties in regard to the same.

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